Go West! Regional Commissioner praises latest figures

Posted on 14 April 2016


Stephen Allan

Regional Commissioner Stephen Allan has paid tribute to everybody who has helped make West Region the biggest growing Scouting region in Scotland.


Figures released today by the Scout Association (https://www.westregion.org.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/west-region-biggest-numbers-growth-scotland/) show that West Region Scouting rose 10 per cent, making it the biggest growth area in Scotland.


Nearly 5,000 people are now Living the Adventure in Greenock and District, Paisley and District, Renfrewshire, Argyll and Dunbartonshire.


Stephen said: “We have come a long way in the last 12 months and I am bowled over to see these figures.


“We are making a huge difference to the lives of young people across the region though Scouting. Every night of every week and every weekend a Scout group somewhere in West Region is encouraging young people to Live the Adventure. That is just incredible.


“I must congratulate the District Commissioners who have done fantastic jobs in getting us to where we are today. The growth of adults involved in Argyll and the growth of young people joining in the other four districts is awe inspiring. A lot of new teams have been put in place this last year and we are seeing the results of that clearly now.


“It would also be remiss of me not to mention the Regional Team which has made its presence felt and excelled itself in the last year. We have had phenomenal results in our training side, developed all parts of the region, activities and permit opportunities have increased markedly and our international programme is really taking off with trips to Denmark, Malaysia and the USA all in the pipeline. We have an improved social media profile as well as a fantastic new website.


“None of it would be possible without the support and strength of our various district and regional executive teams and our dedicated volunteers and leaders who give up their precious time to support Scouting.


“It is important, however, that we are not complacent and there is still a lot of work and development to go for West Region. I know that the efforts we have seen this last year will be even better this time next year.”

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